Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court to hear landmark abortion case this week Roe redux: Is 'viability' still viable as a constitutional doctrine? Yankee Doodling the media: How 'Let's Go Brandon' became a rallying cry against news bias MORE.
Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Democrats call out Biden Supreme Court commission Midterm gloom grows for Democrats MORE (D-Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), two of the 10 Democrats on the panel, will not hold informational meetings with Barrett. The meetings aren't required, but they are a tradition, and they allow for a senator to privately question a Supreme Court pick before a hearing.
“I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes. The American people deserve a voice in this hugely consequential decision," Blumenthal said in a statement.
"I refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Barrett," he added.
A spokesperson for Hirono confirmed that she will not meet with Barrett either. Hirono also did not meet with Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court to hear landmark abortion case this week Roe redux: Is 'viability' still viable as a constitutional doctrine? Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE, Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.
Barrett, whom Trump named as his nominee on Saturday evening, is expected to start meeting with senators next week, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE (R-Ky.).
No Democrat on the Judiciary Committee is expected to support her nomination after opposing her for her circuit court seat. But the caucus is currently debating what tactics it should use in the expected four days of public hearings.
Other Democrats on the committee immediately panned Barrett's nomination but did not address if they would meet with her.
“We are 38 days from Election Day. And we are 45 days from the Supreme Court taking up the case that will decide whether the Affordable Care Act will survive. President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell want to rush Judge Barrett’s nomination through the Senate before those two dates arrive," said Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case MORE (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat.
Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsSenators: US allies concerned Senate won't pass annual defense bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE (D-Del.) added that the "confirmation process that is starting soon in the Senate may be the most divisive and damaging we’ve been through."
"I call on my Republican colleagues to defer consideration of Judge Barrett’s nomination and focus on the critical work of providing another round of pandemic relief to the millions of Americans in need," he added.